Añjali from Old Town!

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Añjali from Old Town!

Post by coucholder » Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:41 am

Dear DhammaWheel,

It's been roughly a year since I made the decision to pursue the Dhamma. I find I lean toward Theravāda for its focus on the "historical-realistic" arahantship of Buddha, to borrow the words of the Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi. I came to first appreciate the Dhamma through Sōtō Zen, but I found the "gradual training" principle of anupubbasikkhā to be of special comfort to me. Theravāda was instrumental in my recovery from addiction, but I've still got plenty left to learn about the Dhamma; my self-discipline, in particular, could use a lot of help.

Here's something kind of funny: when I'm stressed, I've taken to referring to myself (rather: my body and my mind) as a separate entity from my "inner monologue," and I've found it a lot easier to practice loving-kindness on "him" since I've started doing that. I'm seeing I'm a lot more tolerant of others since I've started that, too. Shades of anattā, maybe?

I've come here to revitalize my practice. I've fallen back into clinging to what some people much wiser than me have called "notions," ideas that have little if any basis in direct experience. And it seems that, as a result of "notions" cluttering up my mind, I fall back into unskillful habits and neglect cultivating what's wholesome. So, here I am; I look forward to making noble friends and to cultivating in myself what will make me a noble friend to others.

Mettā.

P.S. - I really like Pāli. I'm sorry.
natthi me saraṇaṃ aññaṃ
buddho me saraṇaṃ varaṃ
etena sacca-vajjena
hotu me jayamaṅgalaṃ


A socialist is just someone who is unable to get over his or her astonishment that most people who have lived and died have spent lives of wretched, fruitless, unremitting toil. Terry Eagleton, Ideology: An Introduction.

When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist. Hélder Câmara, Essential Writings.

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Re: Añjali from Old Town!

Post by DNS » Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:58 am

Welcome to DW!

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Re: Añjali from Old Town!

Post by R1111 = rightviewftw » Thu Apr 27, 2017 5:17 am

Sadhu OP, good luck to you.
Back and forth between the skillful and unkillful is standard, relax your attitude towards the unwholesome, investigate states , scrutinize the unwholesome and keep feeding the skillful and the unskillful will be overpowered inevitably. Use the pain from unwholesomeness to motivate you.

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Re: Añjali from Old Town!

Post by retrofuturist » Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:17 am

Greetings,

Welcome to Dhamma Wheel.

:buddha1:

Metta,
Paul. :)
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"One discerns wrong view as wrong view, and right view as right view. This is one's right view." (MN 117)

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Re: Añjali from Old Town!

Post by bodom » Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:35 pm

Welcome!

:namaste:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With no struggling, no thinking,
the mind, still,
will see cause and effect
vanishing in the Void.
Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
to allay all stress.

- Upasika Kee Nanayan

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Re: Añjali from Old Town!

Post by JamesTheGiant » Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:47 am

Welcome! The only Old Town I know is on Westerley, in the Quad. :anjali:

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Re: Añjali from Old Town!

Post by cjmacie » Fri Apr 28, 2017 5:02 am

Bhante Lucky wrote:Welcome! The only Old Town I know is on Westerley, in the Quad. :anjali:
Interesting point -- what's meant by "Old Town"?

The phrase is common in referring to older districts of cities, e.g. used so in the cities of Sacramento and San Diego, California. Also in Germany -- "alt Stadt" often meaning the most ancient part of a city, usually a square or ring around the original (usually Catholic) church. So I would suspect similar usage in many other countries too.

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Re: Añjali from Old Town!

Post by coucholder » Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:49 am

To everyone who's replied,

Thank you! I'm grateful to receive such a warm welcome. I appreciate in particular R1111's words of encouragement. As for what is meant by "Old Town," I mean "the Oldest City in America," or, more accurately, "the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the contiguous United States." I happen to live in northeast Florida; I'm still searching for any Theravāda establishments in the region. Worst case scenario: I make my regular visits to a zen-style meditation center instead. Couldn't kill me, right?

Again, thank you so much for the warm welcome. I look forward to learning with you all and revitalizing my practice.
natthi me saraṇaṃ aññaṃ
buddho me saraṇaṃ varaṃ
etena sacca-vajjena
hotu me jayamaṅgalaṃ


A socialist is just someone who is unable to get over his or her astonishment that most people who have lived and died have spent lives of wretched, fruitless, unremitting toil. Terry Eagleton, Ideology: An Introduction.

When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist. Hélder Câmara, Essential Writings.

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